Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Not this time...
We blogged yesterday about Father Time catching up with Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting. Then yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure of watching a gem of an innings from a man who is older than both of them.
Students of the game will remember that Sachin Tendulkar almost scored a maiden test hundred against New Zealand at Napier in 1990. He was dismissed for 88, caught by John Wright from Danny Morrison's bowling, and Tendulkar was aged just 16 years at the time, having debuted against Pakistan in November 1989. 22 years on, he is still piling on the runs.
But he won't get his 100th international century today. As stumps approached last night, his innings was ended by an absolute jaffa of a delivery from Peter Siddle which nipped back through the gate to hit the top of Tendulkar's off stump. Prior to that, he had played shots all around the MCG on his way to 73 including eight fours and a six. It was a masterful knock from the Little Master, but sadly one that will end without that milestone that he so keenly seeks.
Sachin Tendulkar is far and away the best batsmen of the modern era. With more than 15,000 test runs to his credit (including 51 test match centuries) he has set records that may never be broken. His longevity is exceptional, and his status as one of the all-time greats is assured.
But is Tendulkar better than Don Bradman? That, dear readers, is the $64,000 question; whaddya reckon?